Jay Jisha, Ph. D.
Class of 1986
Dr. Jisha is an Associate Professor of Sport Management at the University of Tampa in Tampa, FL. He teaches courses in Sport Marketing, Legal Issues, and Risk Management in sport. He also supervises student internships with organziations such as the Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Lightning, and the PGA Tours PODS Championship. Hes is a former president of the Sport Association of the Florida Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Sport, and his research has appeared in journals such as Sport Marketing Quarterly, The International Sport Journal and Strategies.
Jisha earned a PhD in Sport Management from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL in 2001. He also holds a Masters in Sport Administration from St. Thomas University in Miami, FL, and a Bachelors in Politics and Government from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, OH. Prior to entering college teaching, he held the position of Marketing Director for Bernie Little Distributors, an Anheuser-Busch wholesaler in Central Florida. He also sold tickets, program ads, and stadium signage for the Cleveland Indians Spring Training Operations in Winter Haven, FL.
While at Finneytown, Jay was a member of the National Honor Society, the concert choir, and ensemble. He earned a varsity letter in basketball and was a three year starter on the varsity soccer team. As a sophomore, he earned Honorable Mention-All League honors and played on a District Championship team that lost in the Finals of the State Tournament. His junior year, he earned First Team All-League, First Team All-City from the Cincinnati Enquirer, First Team All-City from the Southwestern Ohio Soccer Coache's Association, and First Team All-Metro from the Cincinnati Post. He was also selected First Team All-Ohio and played on a team that won the District Championship and lost on penalty kicks in the State semi-finals. As a senior, he was elected team co-captain and again earned First Team All-League, First Team All-City from the coach's association, the Cincinnati Enquirer, and the Cincinnati Post. In addition, he represented Finneytown in the Cincinnati East-West All Star game and was named First Team All-Ohio for the second consecutive year. He also earned his highest individual honor, being named All-Midwest in 1985.
After graduating from Ohio Wesleyan, Jisha returned to Finneytown to serve as the head coach of the boys reserve team and assistant coach of varsity boys team for the 1990 and 1991 seasons.